Big Ten Basketball: Breaking Down the 2014 Conference Title Race

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Big Ten Basketball: Breaking Down the 2014 Conference Title Race
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As expected, the Big Ten regular-season conference race is coming down to the wire, with five teams still in contention for the regular-season crown. Michigan's remarkable one-point overtime victory over Purdue on Wednesday was a major boost to the Wolverines' title hopes, but the champion may not be determined until the final game.

Five conference teams are ranked in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, and those five (Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio State) seem to have NCAA tournament berths locked up. Two others, Nebraska and Minnesota, remain in the hunt for NCAA tournament bids, and the conference tournament will have a lot to say about their postseason chances.

Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan each held the label of conference favorite at various points during the season. We will attempt to break down how things may play out in the final few days of conference play.

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